Holidays where everyone wins!
There’s a chill in their air; cold winter days are just around the corner but for now, you can enjoy the last few mild days of Autumn. Saturday sleep-ins are a thing of the past, replaced by Saturday morning cartoons and messy pancake breakfasts. Ah yes, family life. But what to do after breakfast? If your rabble is getting restless – we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best family friendly activities across New South Wales. Ready, Set…Family Time!
Darling Quarter Kids Playground, Sydney
The DQK is, literally, a children’s playground with water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides and a flying fox that will keep your kids entertained for hours! And guess what? It’s FREE! DQK is also home to the Monkey Baa Theatre Company, who specialise in theatre for young people. So head down and check out a show. Tickets range in price but, on average, they cost around $20/ticket.
Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains
Explore some of Australia’s most spectacular caves at Jenolan. There are guided tours, self-guided tours, live music and theatre performances all deep underground and surrounded by stunning limestone rock formations. Tour access and prices vary, so be please to check their website for details closer to your visit.
If your family’s fuelled by adrenalin, Luna Park is just what the doctor ordered. Jam packed with pulse-pounding rides like Tumble Bug and Devil’s Drop, Luna Park offers families a wild and crazy day out. Buy your tickets online and save a bundle too.
Pioneer Village, Windsor
Immerse the family in yesteryear with a day at The Pioneer Village. Experience living history and vintage Australiana at The Blacksmith’s forge, The Lolly Shop or The Woodturners. Family Admission is $5.00; additional fees for activities within the Village may apply.
State Library of New South Wales
Searching for adventure, imagination and whimsy? Look no further than the State Library of New South Wales. Offering specialised children’s programmes through the year, they also boast a diverse collections archive. Explore early Antarctic adventures or browse the iconic May Gibbs collection. Oh – best of all, it’s free!
Scenic World, Blue Mountains
Hop on the Scenic Skyway, Walkway, Cableway or Railway and experience the best of the Blue Mountains scenery. Unlimited Discovery passes for Scenic World are $18 for children and $35 for adults; a family pass will set you back $85 but you’ll have access to unlimited rides on the Skyway, Cableway and Railway!
Sea-Life Aquarium, Sydney
Dive into an underwater adventure without getting wet at the Sea-Life Aquarium in Sydney. Explore the Bay of Rays, Dugong Island or Mangrove Swamp – you can even Snorkel with Sharks! Single visit family passes are $89 online (they offer good online booking discounts, so buy before you visit and save yourself some cash to be used in the gift shop later!)
Who doesn’t like exploring a zoo full of exotic animals from across the world and our own back yard? For extra brownie points with the kiddies, book an Animal Encounter to feed a giraffe or get up close and personal with a koala. If you’re game to overnight with the animals, you can book an overnight stay at either Taronga Zoo in Sydney or the Taronga Zoo Western Plains in Dubbo. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be an experience your family will never forget!
Zoo entry charges apply at both Taronga Zoo and Taronga Zoo Western Plains; overnight accommodation is extra.
The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney
Explore the unique heritage of The Rocks, from pre-European settlement to present day. A great day activity with older children, The Rocks also have good shopping, markets and food for a fabulous family day out. Entry to The Rock Discovery Museum is free.
Wet and Wild
With over 40 water slides and attractions, Wet and Wild Sydney proclaims itself the world’s best water park. Let your family be the judge with a variety of activities for the young and young at heart. Day passes start at $55 for children and $70 for adults.
Ready, Set, Family Time!
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